Chef-owner Hisao Goto and his wife Saori hope that going mass-market will bring in more customers and allow them to spend more time with their four-year-old daughter. — PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

After six and a half years of running boutique kaiseki restaurant Goto in Ann Siang Road, its chef-owner Hisao Goto and his wife Saori will be overhauling the shophouse space and turning it into a casual restaurant in November. Called G-One, it will aim to cater to the mass-market, although still seeking to maintain the quality of its food. Goto’s last day as a full-fledged traditional kaiseki restaurant will be on October 25, 2014 and will reopen by November 11, 2014.

As Goto’s loyal following bid farewell to the first stand-alone kaiseki restaurant in Singapore, we dole out a list of other popular kaiseki joints to rival that of Goto – some of which have been running for nearly 20 years and other stand-alone kaiseki restaurants which have popped up recently. You may also wish to get one last fill of food a la kaiseki style at Goto’s, before its big revamp.

Goto Japanese Restaurant. — PHOTO: GOTO


What: The kaiseki menu at this 20-seat restaurant changes every week. Lunch is priced at $68 for six courses, while dinner is priced at $180 for nine courses, or $280 for 19 courses. It is serving kaiseki meals until Oct 25, and will reopen as G-One, a casual restaurant, on Nov 11.

Where: 14 Ann Siang Road, 01-01

Open: Noon to 3pm, 7 to 10pm (Tuesday to Saturday), closed on Sunday and Monday

Info: Call 6438-1553 or e-mail

Kaiseki Yoshiyuki. — PHOTO: IKI CONCEPTS


What: Open for both lunch and dinner, Kaiseki Yoshiyuki, which opened two years ago, can seat a maximum of 22 diners. A four- to five-course lunch is priced at $88 or $128 a person, while an eight- to nine-course dinner is priced at $228 or $288 a person. The seasonal menu changes every two to three weeks.

Where: Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, B1-39

Open: Noon to 1.30pm, 7 to 9.30pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday

Info: Call 6235-1088 or 8188-0900, or e-mail Go to



What: Nadaman opened in 1830 in Osaka and the one here opened in 1984. Kaiseki is available for lunch ($65 a person) and dinner ($165 a person). Omakase kaiseki menus are available. This month, expect dishes such as grilled shiitake mushroom, autumn mackerel, chestnut and ear of rice for lunch; and grilled wagyu beef and Kamo eggplant with onion miso sauce, shiitake mushroom, sweet chilli, spring onion and red chilli for dinner.

Where: The Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road

Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 6 to 10.30pm, daily

Info: Call 6213-4571 or go to

Keyaki Japanese Restaurant. — PHOTO: PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE


What: The restaurant has been serving a traditional kaiseki menu since it opened at the Pan Pacific hotel in 1986. Its omakase kaiseki menu comprises nine courses and is priced at $170 a person. Dishes currently include fresh fig with sesame vinegar sauce, radish sprout, uni and lily bulb; and clear bonito broth with prawn cake, seaweed, fish noodles shimeiji mushrooms and onion sprouts.

Where: Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4

Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6.30 to 10.30pm daily

Info: Call 6826-8240 or e-mail Go to

Kumo Japanese Kaiseki Restaurant. — PHOTO: ICON VILLAGE


What: For lunch, expect a bento for $38 or a set lunch priced at $78. Kaiseki dinners, which have six to eight courses, are priced at $98, $138 and $168 a person.

Where: Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, 01-58

Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 6 to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday

Info: Call 6225-8433 or e-mail

This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on September 7, 2014. For similar stories, go to You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.